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Thursday, 11 February 2016

The Realities of Running a Family B&B

Bed & Breakfast (B&B) businesses make up a £2 billion ‘cottage industry’ in the UK according to the B&B Association. Owners welcoming guests into their home often offer a more personalised experience for individuals travelling on business or people on holiday. But what’s it like to be in charge of one of these establishments? If you’d like to run your own business one day, a B&B can seem like an attractive option. There are very few jobs you can do without leaving home that have the potential to be so lucrative and planned carefully, you could find running your own B&B gives you more time together as a family. Sound appealing? Here are some of the realities of running a family B&B you should consider before making a decision.

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Candles and cameras

I very nearly didn't write this post. It's been a pretty tough week. Poor Bruce the cat went into the vet last Thursday, the vet felt his stomach and then left the room saying "I need to speak to the surgeon". He had a blocked bladder and is currently still in the vets, although doing well at the moment. We've had to have incredibly difficult conversations about money and whether or not we could afford to pay for his treatment, and at what point we have to draw a line. We don't have insurance but put aside money every month. That worked fine until Bruce was ill twice last year and totally decimated our cat savings! My mother in law is awaiting brain surgery to remove a tumour and has been rather unwell this week. She's now in hospital and hoping to have the operation very soon (it was meant to be yesterday but was cancelled very late on). I have managed to get cellulitis in my foot, which is incredibly painful. Luckily I knew what to look for and my GP didn't even need to see me before he prescribed antibiotics and faxed the prescription to my local pharmacy. It's not hurting so much today!

So, that's the crap stuff out of the way. Here is what has made me happy this week...

Candlelight
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Sunday, 7 February 2016

07.01.16 Silent Sunday


vintage cameras



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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Geronimo Festival comes to Harewood House

Last year we were lucky enough to be asked to be Geronimo Festival Ambassodors. We had an incredible day out at Tatton Park and were entertained from the beginning to the end of the day. This year, Geronimo has announced a new additional venue for the festival, Harewood House. The largest children's festival in the North West will be swinging back into action from May the 1st until the 2nd at Harewood House and also be returning to Tatton Park from the 29th to the 30th of May.

Geronimo Festival
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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Marmalade and a night out!

The end of January signals the time to make Seville marmalade. One batch usually lasts the entire year in the B&B. Last year I was thrown into the deep-end when my uncle got called into work just as we'd started making the marmalade. I had very little idea what I was doing, but I muddled through and the marmalade I made actually came second in the local horticulture show!  Here is what has made me happy this week.

Seville marmalade
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Monday, 1 February 2016

January 2016 - Month in a Minute

January has been so nice. We only had guests at the beginning of the month, and they were excited to wake up the next morning to snow which wasn't in the weather forecast. They were such a lovely group of people and they even sent us a card to thank us for their stay, which was wonderful to receive.

We've had a few birthday parties to go to with the children and my husband and I got our first night out with a babysitter putting the children to bed. It was so nice to feel like a 'normal' couple. Thank you so much for babysitting if you're reading Heather!

Here is my month in a minute for January 2016.

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Sunday, 31 January 2016

31.01.15 Silent Sunday


Yorkshire Dales sunrise


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Friday, 29 January 2016

Your YouTube #56

The video I have chosen this week comes from Kara from ChelseaMamma. I chose it purely for the fact that it looks like great fun. I'm not sure I would throw myself off quite as willingly as Kara seems to, but I would definitely love to try it.

Thank you to everyone who linked up this week, I really enjoyed watching all your videos and I hope that you're finding new people to subscribe to and different types of videos to watch. Lisa will be back hosting next week and we'll be back to alternating the linky on her site and mine.



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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Snowdrops, frost and fighting cats!

What has made me happy? Oh my goodness it has been a long time since I have written one of these. In fact, it appears that I stopped writing them the week that I was told I had skin cancer. That most definitely didn't make me very happy, so it seems fitting that's the last time I did this. December passed in a blur of work and Christmas and, well, just stuff. I sometimes wonder where a whole month can go! I have been asked to start doing these posts again (before you ask, yes it was my mum who requested it), so I am going to make them a weekly feature again. However, I'm not going to run this as a linky any more. I have been posting these for nearly two years now and I do really enjoy writing them but I have found that fewer and fewer people have joined in and running a linky was just a bit stressful. So this is just going to be for me, and all of you reading (ok, just you and me mum)! Here is what has made me happy this week.

Steak sandwich Keelham Farm
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Monday, 25 January 2016

Teaching children money skills using Jangle.

Did you know that children's attitudes to money can be well formed by the age of seven? When I first heard this I was incredibly surprised. However, when I think back to my attitudes to money as a child, I began to realise that I was pretty careful with my money from a fairly young age. I don't know if that was to do with the fact that I liked collecting things, or the fact that I wanted to save money. I certainly collected money in almost any receptacle from around the age of 9 until I was 16. We have been trying out the new pocket money app, Jangle. This is a free app which has been developed by Experian and Sarah Willingham from Dragons Den.


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